Shows, NASCAR and more: Family fun for the week of Jan. 27

Big things are coming to the Upstate – big, dinosaur-sized things. Have some family fun at this weekend’s events and then plan ahead for February, with our monthly calendar coming this week.

While it is still January, don’t miss Upstate Parent’s annual preschool guide (along with tips on finding the right one for your family). Coming in February, it will be time to think “summer” with the annual camp guide. Nope, it’s not too early – camp registrations are just around the corner. Find all this and much more at

We want your nominations! Upstate Parent’s annual feature, Educators Who Make a Difference, will run in April. Help round out the school year by celebrating some of the people who make such a profound difference in the lives of our children. For details and to nominate, click here. The deadline is Feb. 6.

Healthy Hustle is at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at TCMU-Greenville. Today’s active event is Snowball Fight. For details, visit

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” is presented at South Carolina Children’s Theatre Jan. 27 – Feb. 5. For tickets, visit

Starry Nights programs Jan. 27 are at Roper Mountain Science Center. “Magic Treehouse: Space Mission” is at 4:30 p.m., “The Little Star that Could” is at 6 p.m. and “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed” is at 7:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are required. For details, visit

Family Fun Day is 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 28 at the Upcountry History Museum. Get a sneak peek of the upcoming year at the museum. For details, visit

NASCAR Night – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits play at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. NASCAR Night features drivers and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an autograph session on the concourse. For tickets, visit

Cards for Kids is at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Five Forks Branch Library. Make Valentine's Day cards for children who are hospitalized. Ages 5 – 11. Visit

Neighborhood Night is 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Upcountry History Museum.Drop-in to explore the museum and its changing exhibitions. No registration required. Admission is free. For details, visit

Looking ahead:

First Friday programs are 1:30 – 4:30 Feb. 3 at Roper Mountain Science Center. For details, visit

Well Walkers is offered Feb. 7, 14, and 23 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The arena concourse will be open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for anyone who wants to have a temperature-controlled space to exercise. Each loop around the concourse is a quarter mile. Well Walkers is a free event with no registration or prior notice required. Free parking for participants is provided in the VIP lot at the arena, located off Church Street. A free heart health screening is 7 – 9 a.m. Feb. 21. No registration is required. For details, visit

The Spartanburg Youth Theatre presents “Disney’s Newsies Jr.” Feb. 10 – 12 at the Chapman Cultural Center. Tickets are $20 each for adults, $15 each for ages 18 and younger, with a discount for groups of five or more. This show is best enjoyed by ages 6 and older. For tickets and details, visit or call 864-582-ARTS (2787).

The Jurassic World Live Tour is Feb. 10 – 12 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, with scale, speed and ferocity, operated by animatronics and performers. For tickets and details, visit

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